Yep, forward press too much and your shoulders creep open and you whip the hands inside then up maybe crossing the line. You start back with the shoulders to reroute the club coming down over the top and steep. Without turning this into a swing thread, you want to set up square, take the club down the line and then around, then start with the hips which bring you down in the slot to hit the ball from the outside. I heard a great tip the other day for people that are around-up-around and down. The guy said think up-around-down and around which is the opposite of what you are doing (Furyk is an extreme example). This is overly simplified but it makes sense to me. Your best bet is to see a teaching pro.
Really, the backswing sets you up for the downswing. It's what is happening through the impact zone that will help your spin numbers. What kind of surprises me is that if you are really coming over the top why your launch angle is so low with a 10.5 driver. Usually this kind of swing has a higher slicing ball flight. Some good instruction, before an equipment change is what I would recommend.
1) doesn't matter were the club is at the top, its impossible to tell because, if your shoulders under rotate, then your club could overswing and look down the line, but its a bad position. The top of the swing doesn't matter were the club is pointing. you got to know were it is in relation to how much shoulder turn you have.
2) Club never goes down the line. The club goes into an arc. What your doing is a feel that works for you, not what happens.
3) Single piece take away has caused many problems for amateurs, because it throws off there shoulder and hip rotation rates. If you keep your hips silent, your getting your shoulder to rotate to much, then it pulls on your body and you can have lateral movement. Let the hips rotate with the shoulders in the swing, don't keep the back leg knee bent so much in the backswing, let it extend a bit.
4) Yes you can practice and opposite, but don't think of it in the swing. What you do is, lets say you take the club to far inside. Go very slow, no need to hit balls, and just practice the opposite to the extreme, this will help get the to inside swing away. But it will be small incremental changes over time. Trying to do one feeling while you play, as a band-aid fix will lead to ton of inconsistency.
5) over the top does launch the ball lower. here's why, for a pull slicer, the swing is outside to in. The clubface is open to that swing path, but closed to your target line. Meaning the ball starts left, and slices right. So what does this do to the numbers. The face is slightly shut, so the loft is decreased.
If you had to rank the shots hit, in terms of height, from lowest to highest in launch angle
Pull hook - Lowest
Pull slice (most common slice)
Push fade - Highest
"Without turning this into a swingthread", I would call those my now infamous last words!
1. I suggested the scenario as the OP had agreed "100%" with the previous post. If he has a 103 mph swing with a limited shoulder turn then he must be a beast.
2. Actually this is what I mean by going down the line.The shaft will point towards the line as you go back and then parallel to it as it is parallel to the ground. I think we both understand the Arc and being on plane.
4. Correct, this is more of a visual drill. Go to any range and you will see the anti-Furyk extreme of around-up-around-down. Furyk is the other extreme of up-around-down-around. Again oversimplified and not a move I recommend to anyone. It's better to see an instructor but the examples show the difference clearly.
5. Good explanation. This one had me baffled, but it really is obvious now that I think about it. It's the classic over the top ball flight. A low launch angle with high spin that starts left and ends up in the right rough in that characteristic banana shape. For some reason I was thinking push slice.
Still, his best bet is seeing a qualified instructor before changing equipment.